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June 29, 2013

Digital Damage: Pets Literally Consume Electronics

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According to a recent study, pets damage 8 million electronic devices a year, which adds up to about $3 billion in replacement/repair costs!  

How do you know if your device is at risk of a dog-related disaster or a cat-tastrophe?

According to Square Trade (a protection plan company) who conducted the survey after receiving so many pet-related claims, there are risk factors other than just mischievousness to consider when determining if your pet might be damaging to your electronic devices:

Are you at higher risk than other pet owners?

  • Male pets: Male pets are 50% more likely than female pets to damage your devices.
  • Peeved pets: 17% of pet owners believe that their pet damaged the device because it was angry with them.
  • Overweight pets: 72% more likely to have a pet-related accident
  • Overprotective pets: 2x more likely to have a pet-related accident

The survey also found that if you let your pets sleep in the bed with you or ride in your lap while driving, you are 2-3x more likely to have a pet-related accident.

The top pet-related accidents:

  • Chewing:  Two-thirds of the accidents are caused by the pet putting the item in their mouth
  • Causing owner to drop: 21% of accidents happened while the owner was using the device.
  • Vomiting / peeing: About 1 in 6 cat or dog owners say that one of their pets has thrown up on or gone to the bathroom on one of their electronics
  • Two-thirds of the accidents happened while a pet was unsupervised

To improve pet owners device protection, SquareTrade offers the following tips for an accident free household:

  1. Give your pets the attention, training and exercise they need so they have less interest in your gadgets
  2. Leave your devices high up and out of reach of curious dogs and cats
  3. Never charge devices at floor level or with exposed power cords
  4. Don’t leave your device next to liquids of any sort
  5. Always use a protective case

Of course we know customers love their pets no matter what, but there are probably a few "tails" to share on this subject! Don't be shy...

Your dog did WHAT with your device? (Or cat... though Ms. Boo claims they are PURRfect...)


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